Two Questions Have Been Answered
...in the latest episode of RWBY. For one thing, we now know that at least one of the promo trailers is canon.
'...and then the bastards robbed our train!'
Of course the big reveal regards Blake (yes...she is a catgirl) came as no great surprise... they'd hinted at it in episode 8.
..though the way it was revealed (via an accidental WHAM line) was rather unexpected.
The episode also revealed that she'd been a member of the terrorist organization White Fang, and that was what was going on in the 'Black' trailer.
Of course the episode poses more questions than it answers...like what the HELL is going on with "Penny"?
Strange new character is...strange.
There are the usual technical issues with this episode and the voice work seems off (OK,Weiss seems off), but the story is actually pretty interesting and has grown beyond the super hero team/school show it looked to be at first.
The episode itself was not the action fest everyone was expecting. A quiet walk through town brings team RWBY in contact with a couple of wacky characters who engender a discussion that later turns heated. and threatens to break up the team. Along the way our heroes encounter some allusions to previous episodes....the larger plot is coming together. We also get a bit of insight into Weiss's background and why she's such a shrew.
An episode with no physical action, this was, nevertheless, fairly dramatic and interesting.
It looks like next weeks episode...the season climax..will be a quiet conversation over tea.
The show has been consistently fun. What's surprising is not just the twists of the story. It's that despite being over the top, vulgar and silly, Kill La Kill is turning out to be somewhat thoughtful.
On top of that the transcendentally bad-ass band provides the show with an awesome score.
These helpful phrases come via this weeks episode of the educational series Outbreak Company which also discussed such useful everyday terms as Pitching, Catching, Furry, Oppai, BL and how to properly set flags.
We also learn that 10 year old dwarf boys have beards.
Given that our heroes have come from another dimension to corrupt the youth of an undeveloped country, it is possible that Kill la Kill is not the most depraved show this season after all.
Despite the downer in the teaser
The goldfish died. this was a much more lighthearted episode than last weeks. However, like the first three, this had some pretty serious plot points touched on amongst all the wackiness.
Rediscovered Dr. Who (Troughton!)9 new Dr. Who Episodes were discovered earlier this year in Nigeria. The remastered versions were screened recently and they will be available for sale this week on iTunes.
Amongst them are Web of Fear
... a well regarded 6 part story which is the first appearance of the Brigadier and is actually the direct prequel to certain recent plot points in the current series.
Also discovered was Enemy of the World.
...which looks quite silly.
Despite their limited budgets, several of the Troughton and early Pertwee episodes used the black and white medium to great effect.
In the comments to this post, the Mysterious Mr. Will informed us that I
was sufficiently behind the curve that my "This week" was actually last
week. This means that the recently discovered Dr. Who episodes are on
These were released last Thursday, so I had marathon on Saturday. "Web" is still missing episode #3, which (aside from a shot of his legs in #2) is the first appearance of Col. Lethbridge-Stewart. "Enemy" is being VERY well received. What we couldn't tell from the audio was just how well directed this one was. Oh, and all the Pertwee episodes were made in color. For awhile, only b&w copies survived of some of them, but they've all had their color restored for the DVD releases.
Posted by: Will at Mon Oct 14 19:56:30 2013 (ISbVo)
I did not know that.
I always thought that several of the Pertwee eps were B&W to begin with. My VHSs lied to me!
Kill la Kill
The latest installment is the cute girls doing cute things genre is a gentle, methodically paced tale that follows a charming but haunted young lady who transfers into a new high-school where she knows no one. She struggles to fit in and find friendship by joining an after-school club populated with wacky misfits.
Please be advised that this is NOT a review of that show.
The show being reviewed here does involve a female transfer student which may have contributed to some confusion. However, if you're looking for a review of that show then you probably don't want to scroll any further. In fact you should probably move along because that show sounds boring and I'm not likely to review it this season.
Now that we've cleared that up...
Kill la Kill follows a young lady named Ryuko Matoi, who is seeking to avenge her fathers murder. Her one clue to his killers identity (and her primary weapon) is a is a scissor...
Wandering through a rather run down city, she enrolls in the local high school as a transfer student and makes an inquiry about the student council.
...at which point things proceed to deteriorate with considerable alacrity.
The ad does not look anywhere as retro as this show actually is.
With Kill la Kill, the people that made Gurren Lagaan in homage to
giant robot shows have decided to accord the same respect to the genre
of hard boiled high school gangster tales...and women in prison
movies....and just generally shout out their adoration for Go Nagai.
This jarringly old-school retrogasm of a show is a completely over the top, tasteless exercise in gratuity. It navigates the utterly bizarre twits and turns of its story at a breakneck pace, all the while managing to be offensive, exploitative and refreshingly devoid of any redeeming societal values.
I laughed, I cheered, I winced, I deleted my browser history....
I don't know how long that they can maintain this level of truly high quality squalor but I aim to find out.
I probably should mentioned that the production staff includes the people who are doing Little Witch Acadameias....but that might give people an entirely wrong idea.
In the Latest Episode of RWBY
...this did not happen.
Art by Marty Oum
I find that rather tragic.
Instead this episode provided us with a bit of insight into the history of their world and a major (but not entirely surprising) revelation about one of our protagonists.
Jeaune has been something of an enigma. He's physically brave, but seems utterly out of his depth, both in combat skill and knowledge. He doesn't seem stupid (he can think on his feet ) but he is bonecrushingly ignorant. While his need to have even the most basic aspects of how magic and such works explained to him in small words has certainly helped to bring the audience up to speed on the show's fantasy physics, it rather beggared belief that this fellow actually got into an elite university that specializes in the very things he is most ignorant of.
Well...all that is explained by the fact that he got in via forged transcripts. It seems that (for whatever reason) he never made it into any of the fighting schools from which beacon selects its recruits.
It gets worse...
We find this out because he confess it to Pyrrha as she is explaining that she's got confidence in him because "anyone who made it into Beacon is worthy by definition".
This means that not only has he lied on his application (no doubt grounds for dismissal), he's also made Pyrrha party to his lie. Pyrrha has been assisting him with a saint-like helpfulness that frankly approaches co-dependancy...and now, well, given that she seems inclined to keep his secret (she offers to help him get up to speed) It follows that he's set her (and potentially his entire team) up for disgrace too.
But wait...there's more!
By the end of the episode, he's also being blackmailed.
I don't see how he gets to stay in the opening credits at this point.
"Yeah, I may have chosen...poorly. "
All in all there was much better writing and character development than the rather perfunctory resolution to the Weiss/Ruby issue in episode 10.
Of course since the episode was 7 minutes long, you probably spent more time reading the post than it would have taken to watch the show so I have serious doubts regards the utility of the review.
How do you
manage to admit you don't know how to fight monsters at all, yet insist you'll learn it yourself, when the entire point of going to a monster hunter training school is to learn?
Posted by: RickC at Sun Oct 6 16:12:36 2013 (swpgw)
He's cramming and sparing and doing additional training on his own (probably a good deal of which is at night in order to maintain his secret). He''s scared to ask questions, because, while there are no stupid questions, there are revelatory ones that give away the level of ones ignorance.
He's pushing himself to his limit as we saw in the sparing match with Cardin.
At this point he's exausted mentally and physically, is suffering from sleep deprivation and not thinking clearly. The only thing he can focus on is the depths of the hole he's in and the only thing keeping him from actually jumping off the building is his pig-headed determination. On top of this the two moments of competence he displayed in episode 8 resulted in his being a squad leader so he's got an additional level of stress.
He's in the third week of boot camp but ALL ALONE.
Now, as I said, the neuron really needs to fire...he needs some training he needs to accept any bit of help he can get and not blow up at the cute, competent, redheaded hoplite who inexplicably wants to help him....when the gods smile on your idiot self in such a profound way as that, don't screw it up.
He's very close to being a complete write-off as a character, but given that extracting himself from this predicament should require a good bit of actual character development I'm cautiously hopeful.
Posted by: Brickmuppet at Sun Oct 6 18:27:52 2013 (F7DdT)
Shifting attitudes toward information technologies can be followed in anime. In 1998â€²s Serial Experiments Lain, the "wiredâ€ is weird, scary and dangerous. In 2007â€²s Dennou Coil, evolved Google Glass is a lot of fun, though occasionally still dangerous. In Gatchaman Crowds, smart phones and conscious artificial intelligence are taken for granted and are generally benign.
I never saw Dennou Coil, but the difference between Lain and this is jarring. Of course, they are different types of show and Gatchaman Crowds really is unusually upbeat, but I think his trend-line holds up pretty well.
While Nonconducive to My Productivity At The Moment
...This podcast is sufficiently well done that I will have to catch up shortly (when I won't fear further distraction from my current assignments....or sleep deprivation due to nightmares).